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A Game of Numbers

Opening day. I consider it a national Holiday.

Numbers are more related to Baseball then any other sport. Following are some numbers and the thoughts that they conjure up:

.366 Highest Career Batting Average- Ty Cobb.

.440 Highest Season Batting Average- Hugh Duffy.

1. Pee Wee Reese: A southerner, who refused to sign a petition banning Jackie Robinson from the Dodgers. He openly welcomed Robinson. An unsung hero of the civil rights movement.
Who’s on First?

1.12. Bob Gibson’s ERA in 1969

3. Babe Ruth: Comparatively his numbers a daunting.
Three outs in an inning,
Reggie’s home runs in game 6 of the 1977 World Series

4. Four Home runs in a game is a record shared by the greatest #4, Lou Gehrig.

5. Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio?
Brooks Robinson: The nicest ballplayer that I’ve ever met.

6. Stan the Man Musial: The most underrated player of all time.
Most hits in a nine inning game

7. Mickey Mantle: Should have been the greatest.

8. Cal Ripken, Jr.: All players should have his attitude
Yogi: His name makes you smile.

9. Ted Williams: A scientist with a bat.

Nine players, nine innings.

14. Larry Doby: First African American in the American League.

20. Frank Robinson: First African American Manager.

21. Roberto Clemente: The best arm that I’ve ever seen.

24. Willie Mays: The greatest ballplayer of the last 60 years.

32. Sandy Koufax: Imagine what a healthy Koufax would have done.

42. Jackie Robinson: His achievements cover more than just Baseball.

44. Henry Aaron: No steroids, just class.

56 Joe DiMaggio’s hitting streak.

60' 6" Distance to the Pitcher’s mound.

61. Roger Maris’s record stood for 37 years.

73. A tainted record.

90. The perfect distance to a base.

125. Yankee wins in 1998.

130. Stolen Bases in a season. Rickey Henderson.

162. Games in a season.

262. Hits in one season, Ichiro Suzuki

511. Wins by Cy Young

714. A magical number.

755. Another magical number.

762. Doesn’t have the romance of 714 or 755.

1406. Lifetime stolen bases. Rickey Henderson

4256. Hits by Pete Rose

5714. Strikeouts- Nolan Ryan


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 5th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this.

I am going to Opening Day, so I am pumping my Yankee fans friends for information, so I don't appear a complete idiot.

I wonder if you will be in Manhattan on April 15th and are free, if we could meet for coffee or lunch.
Apr. 5th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
I can arrange it.
Apr. 5th, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)

We are staying at the Hilton in Times Square, though I love to walk so I can meet you anywhere. I love nature, so usually need a daily dose of Central Park though I love MOMA and the Metropolitan Museum too. Let me know where will be convenient for you as a place for us to meet. I can also get downtown or to where your mother lives. It will be lovely to meet you in person.
Apr. 5th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
I can meet you at the Hilton.
Apr. 5th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
Great!! Give me a time that works for you and we'll meet in person!! What a treat!

Apr. 5th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
Went to Forbes Field in Pittsburgh as a kid. Roberto could stand flat footed in deep right field and fire a frozen rope to home plate on a dime and cut down someone trying to score. He was well known for throwing out runners at first base who singled and made too wide a turn around the base. We idolized him. Of course this was back in the day when baseball players were actually role models.
Apr. 5th, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
I'm about the same age as you. I am a Yankee fan. In those days they had three ballplayers, Stottlemyre, Murcer and Munson a few nice players Peterson, Bahnsen and White. So I looked forward to the All Star Game every year. I could now root for Yaz, Kaline, Palmer, B. Robby, McLain and eventually F. Robby.

Then the game would come, the National League lineup was Mays, Aaron, Clemente, McCovey, Torre, Santo, Rose, Kessinger and Gibson. The AL always lost.
Apr. 5th, 2009 10:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I remember all those guys. For some reason I always like Stottlemyre a lot. In terms of Brooks and Frank, I always thought the Robinsons were brothers until I got their baseball cards. Lol! I still remember Brooks laying out parallel in mid-air to catch balls. Damn!

Apr. 6th, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
You, my dear, are a nerd.
Apr. 6th, 2009 03:40 am (UTC)
The biggest.
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